Ian Foinette > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
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Ian exclusively practises in criminal law.


Ian Foinette has been a member of chambers since 1987, having been taken on after completing his pupillage in chambers. He came late to the Bar, having spent a few years in merchant and industrial banking, during which a secondment to the bank’s legal department, led him to his legal career.

Ian has developed a practice in criminal law, prosecuting and defending in all types of cases. He has appeared for the Crown in numerous prosecutions for what was H.M. Customs and Excise (HMCE), now H.M. Revenue and Customs (HMRC), in smuggling cases, VAT frauds and money-laundering cases.  Ian is also regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in cases involving violence, including murder (led), dishonesty, firearms and drugs.  Ian prosecuted a theft case at Maidstone Crown Court in front of Judge Statman, which has widely reported in the press, and known as the £3 sausage roll theft case.

Ian has defended in murder (led), rape and other serious sexual allegations cases.  Ian is also regularly instructed in drugs and tobacco smuggling cases, firearms cases, drugs supply and production cases and almost every variation of allegations of dishonesty, including those relating to the theft of domestic comestibles.

Ian attended the University of Kent at Canterbury and graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) in law, in 1979.

Ian spent just under 5 years with a firm of solicitors, mainly preparing criminal and civil trials, until he was able to head for what he had intended to be his first choice and career – the Bar.

He was called by Middle Temple in 1986, after completing the Bar Finals course that year.

Away from the Bar, Ian is an avid cricket and rugby follower, although now, sadly, too old to play either game, but has been known still to fly the odd old aeroplane when the opportunity presents itself. Just to demonstrate his all-round sound judgement, he spent part of the 1960s playing drums in various bands in London and then gave it up. Not long afterwards, some of the others found considerable fame and fortune; something fondly remembered when heading for another ineffective case in Maidstone or Canterbury.


Ian was called to the Bar in 1986.


  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • South Eastern Circuit.
  • Kent Bar Mess (past Junior and Senior).